We have confirmed that Molly's Rock in Rhinelander has been demolished by local authorities. However, this has not stopped people from going out to the rock to experience the ghost of Molly. Locals now state that if you take a piece of the exploded rock with you, you will be cursed until you return the rock to its rightful place.
Post by Chrisconsin on Nov 21, 2006 18:31:43 GMT -6
I sure wish I knew the "locals" that you talked to. I live right near the rock. I know no one that has experienced anything with the rock, nor do I know anyone that has taken a piece of it, but I don't claim to know everyone. But even old timers in the area don't feel there is anything to it, than it just being a large rock. Believe what you want I guess. If anything it put little Sugar Camp on the map.
Most locals know the rock because it was a fixture for so long and it had a pretty loon painted on it. I was peeved when it was destroyed as were a lot of people. I've heard various reasons for its destruction, mostly that either utility workers had to blow it up to work at the corner that it is on, or that it was a road hazard because it is at a sharp curve in the road.
I live in Sugar Camp right nearby the rock. Molly was a real person who vacationed in the area when she was a kid (back in the 1940s). Some older folks remember who she was. However those that I have talked to have said that nothing bad happened to her, and that was the only Molly they ever knew in these parts. These are people in their 70s and 80s I talked to. So I'm not sure how the story got started, however everyone in these parts know where Molly's rock (was). I still tell people I'm giving directions to, to turn by Molly's Rock and they know where I mean. It used to be painted really cool with the Loon on it like in the picture at the link above. There are various stories of why it was blown up into little bolders.
Sorry to ruin the mystic of the legend of Molly's rock. If you want to come and see the remains they are still there. There is a sign posted that it is private property. The directions given in the book are incorrect and you won't find it if you follow them.
If you want to come to Sugar Camp email me. I'll give you correct directions to the Molly's Rock remains, and I'll tell you some great places to eat and/or drink while you are here!